So, Will "The Big Short" Win Best Picture Oscar? 

With "The Big Short" winning the Producers Guild Award, it's safe to say the film is now the frontrunner beating awards season darlings like "Spotlight," "The Revenant," and "Mad Max: Fury Road," and lording over the rest of the nominees such as "Bridge of Spies," "Brooklyn," "Ex Machina," "The Martian," "Sicario," and "Straight Outta Compton." (see full list of PGA winners below)

If you're not on the "Big Short" camp like I am (I'm still rooting for "Spotlight"), then you have to be nervous. Like I am.


Because the PGA winner has gone on to win Best Picture at the Oscars for the last eight years for films such as “Birdman,” “12 Years a Slave,” “Argo,” “The Artist,” “The King’s Speech,” “The Hurt Locker,” “Slumdog Millionaire” and “No Country for Old Men.”

Indeed, the PGA has matched the Oscars in 19 of its 26 years!

But I wasn't a "Big Short" fan! I embraced it, I thought it was good, and I thought it would make for a great story for director Adam McKay, graduating from the wacky immature comedies of the "Anchorman" films, and growing up to be an astute filmmaker.

But I still love "Spotlight" more! Heck, "Mad Max: Fury Road" too! Or even "Star Wars: The Force Awakens!"

PGA has a knack for stopping the upward trajectory of Oscar frontrunners. In recent years, PGA winner "The King's Speech" halted the critical darling "The Social Network." And guess which one won Best Picture at the Oscars?

How about "Birdman" winning the PGA and pushed "Boyhood" into just being loved by critics but not the Academy?

One thing's for sure. On Oscar night, I will be biting my nails until they announce the Best Picture winner. I still have high hopes for Tom McCarthy's "Spotlight!" A critic can dream, right?

Here's the full list of PGA winners:

The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures:

“The Big Short”
Producers: Brad Pitt & Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner WINNER

“Bridge of Spies”
Producers: Steven Spielberg, Marc Platt, Kristie Macosko Krieger

Producers: Finola Dwyer & Amanda Posey

“Ex Machina”
Producers: Andrew Macdonald, Allon Reich

“Mad Max: Fury Road”
Producers: Doug Mitchell & George Miller

“The Martian”
Producers: Simon Kinberg, Ridley Scott, Michael Schaefer, Mark Huffam

“The Revenant”
Producers: Arnon Milchan, Steve Golin, Alejandro G. Ińárritu, Mary Parent, Keith Redmon

Producers: Basil Iwanyk, Edward L. McDonnell, Molly Smith

Producers: Michael Sugar & Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin, Blye Pagon Faust

“Straight Outta Compton”
Producers: Ice Cube, Matt Alvarez, F. Gary Gray, Dr. Dre, Scott Bernstein

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures:

Producers: Rosa Tran, Duke Johnson, Charlie Kaufman

“The Good Dinosaur”
Producer: Denise Ream

“Inside Out”
Producer: Jonas Rivera WINNER

Producers: Chris Meledandri, Janet Healy

“The Peanuts Movie”
Producers: Craig Schulz, Michael J. Travers

The David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television:

*The Long-Form Television category encompasses both movies of the week and mini-series.

“American Crime” (Season 1)
This show is in the process of being vetted for producer eligibility

“American Horror Story: Hotel” (Season 5)
Producers: Brad Falchuk, Ryan Murphy, Brad Buecker, Tim Minear, Jennifer Salt, James Wong, Alexis Martin Woodall, Robert M. Williams Jr.

“Fargo” (Season 2)
Producers: Noah Hawley, John Cameron, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Warren Littlefield, Kim Todd WINNER

“True Detective” (Season 2)
Producers: Nic Pizzolatto, Scott Stephens, Steve Golin, Aida Rodgers

“A Very Murray Christmas”
This show is in the process of being vetted for producer eligibility

The Award for Outstanding Sports Program:

“Back on Board: Greg Louganis”
“Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Houston Texans”
“Kareem: Minority of One”
“Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” WINNER

The Award for Outstanding Digital Series:

“30 for 30 Shorts”
“Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” WINNER
“Epic Rap Battles of History”
“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Double Agent”
“This American Life Presents: Videos 4 U”

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures:

Producer: James Gay-Rees WINNER

“The Hunting Ground”
Producer: Amy Ziering

“The Look of Silence”
Producer: Signe Byrge Sřrensen

Producers: Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin

“Something Better to Come”
Producers: Sigrid Dyekjćr, Hanna Polak

The Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama:

“Better Call Saul” (Season 1)
Producers: Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould, Melissa Bernstein, Mark Johnson, Stewart A. Lyons, Thomas Schnauz, Gennifer Hutchison, Nina Jack, Diane Mercer, Bob Odenkirk

“Game of Thrones” (Season 5)
Producers: David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Bernadette Caulfield, Frank Doelger, Carolyn Strauss, Bryan Cogman, Lisa McAtackney, Chris Newman, Greg Spence WINNER

“Homeland” (Season 4)
Producers: Alex Gansa, Alexander Cary, Lesli Linka Glatter, Howard Gordon, Chip Johannessen, Meredith Stiehm, Patrick Harbinson, Michael Klick, Claire Danes, Lauren White

“House of Cards” (Season 3)
Producers: Beau Willimon, Dana Brunetti, John David Coles, Josh Donen, David Fincher, Eric Roth, Kevin Spacey, John Mankiewicz, Robert Zotnowski, Karen Moore

“Mad Men” (Season 7B)
Producers: Matthew Weiner, Scott Hornbacher, Janet Leahy, Semi Chellas, Erin Levy, Jon Hamm, Blake McCormick, Tom Smuts

The Danny Thomas Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Comedy:

“Inside Amy Schumer” (Season 3)
This show is in the process of being vetted for producer eligibility.

“Modern Family” (Season 6)
Producers: Steven Levitan, Christopher Lloyd, Paul Corrigan, Abraham Higginbotham, Jeff Morton, Jeffrey Richman, Brad Walsh, Danny Zuker, Vali Chandrasekaran, Megan Ganz, Elaine Ko, Kenny Schwartz, Chuck Tatham, Rick Wiener, Chris Smirnoff, Sally Young

“Silicon Valley” (Season 2)
Producers: Mike Judge, Alec Berg, Jim Kleverweis, Clay Tarver, Dan O’Keefe, Michael Rotenberg, Tom Lassally

“Transparent” (Season 1)
Producers: Jill Soloway, Andrea Sperling, Victor Hsu, Nisha Ganatra, Rick Rosenthal, Bridget Bedard WINNER

“Veep” (Season 4)
Producers: Armando Iannucci, Chris Addison, Simon Blackwell, Christopher Godsick, Stephanie Laing, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Frank Rich, Tony Roche, Kevin Cecil, Roger Drew, Sean Gray, Ian Martin, Georgia Pritchett, David Quantick, Andy Riley, Will Smith, Bill Hill

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Non-Fiction Television:

“30 for 30” (Season 6)
Producers: Connor Schell, John Dahl, Bill Simmons, Erin Leyden, Andrew Billman, Marquis Daisy, Libby Geist

“Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” (Season 3)
Producers: Anthony Bourdain, Christopher Collins, Lydia Tenaglia, Sandra Zweig

“The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst” (Season 1)
Producers: Marc Smerling, Andrew Jarecki, Jason Blum WINNER

“Shark Tank” (Season 6)
Producers: Mark Burnett, Clay Newbill, Yun Lingner, Max Swedlow, Jim Roush, Brandon Wallace, Becky Blitz, Laura Roush, Shaun Polakow, Phil Gurin

“Vice” (Season 3)
Producers: BJ Levin, Bill Maher, Eddy Moretti, Shane Smith, Jonah Kaplan, Tim Clancy, Ben Anderson, Shawn Killebrew

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Competition Television:

“The Amazing Race” (Seasons 25 and 26)
Producers: Jerry Bruckheimer, Bertram van Munster, Jonathan Littman, Elise Doganieri, Mark Vertullo

“Dancing with the Stars” (Seasons 19 and 20)
Producers: Rob Wade, Ashley Edens-Shaffer, Joe Sungkur

“Project Runway” (Season 13)
Producers: Jonathan Murray, Sara Rea, Desiree Gruber, Jane Cha, Heidi Klum, Tim Gunn, Teri Weideman

“Top Chef” (Season 12)
Producers: Daniel Cutforth, Tom Colicchio, Chaz Gray, Casey Kriley, Padma Lakshmi, Jane Lipsitz, Doneen Arquines, Erica Ross

“The Voice” (Seasons 7 and 8)
Producers: Audrey Morrissey, Mark Burnett, John de Mol, Marc Jansen, Lee Metzger, Chad Hines, Jim Roush, Kyra Thompson, Mike Yurchuk, Amanda Zucker, Carson Daly WINNER

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Live Entertainment & Talk Television:

“The Colbert Report” (Season 11)
Producers: Stephen T. Colbert, Tom Purcell, Jon Stewart, Meredith Bennett, Barry Julien, Emily Lazar, Tanya Michnevich Bracco, Paul Dinello, Matt Lappin

“Key & Peele” (Season 4)
This show is in the process of being vetted for producer eligibility.

“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” (Season 2)
Producers: Tim Carvell, John Oliver, Liz Stanton WINNER

“Real Time with Bill Maher” (Season 13)
Producers: Bill Maher, Scott Carter, Sheila Griffiths, Marc Gurvitz, Billy Martin, Dean E. Johnsen, Matt Wood

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (Season 2)
Producers: Lorne Michaels, Jamie Granet Bederman, Katie Hockmeyer, Jim Juvonen, Brian McDonald, Josh Lieb, Gavin Purcell

The Award for Outstanding Children’s Program:

“Doc McStuffins”
“The Fairly OddParents”
“Sesame Street” WINNER
“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”
“Toy Story That Time Forgot”

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“The Finest Hours” Interview with Chris Pine and Ben Foster 

I love being in the company of these two gentlemen HA! They were fun to talk to! Chris Pine aka Captain Kirk stars as Bernie Webber, the unexpected hero who saved the crew of the SS Pendleton off the coast of Cape Cod during a blizzard in 1952. Helping him is Richard Livesey played by Ben Foster in the film. We talked about making “The Finest Hours” and yup, getting wet!

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“The Finest Hours” interview with Casey Affleck 

I always love talking to Casey Affleck! He’s good-natured and sweet! In “The Finest Hours,” he plays the reluctant real-life hero, Ray Sybert, who struggles to keep the ship and crew afloat. In this interview, we talked about his intentions in making the film for director Craig Gillespie.

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“The Finest Hours” Interview with Holliday Grainger 

Holliday Grainger (“Anna Karenina,” “Great Expectations,” “Cinderella”) stars as Miriam, the love interest of Chris Pine’s character in “The Finest Hours.” The character and her relationship with Pine’s Webber is the heart of the film.

I sat down with the sweet Grainger (she loves being called holiday, with a British twist) to talk about her interest in making “The Finest Hours.”

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Ignore the New Releases and Watch "45 Years" Instead! 

January is considered Hollywood’s dumping ground, a time when studios release movies they generally don’t believe in. Like this weekend, we have another young adult dystopian thriller in “The 5th Wave,” the mismatched comedy “Dirty Grandpa,” and the evil doll thriller “The Boy.” So, if you’re looking for something original, how about watching “45 Years” with the Oscar-nominated Charlotte Rampling?

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